Learn About Our Programs

Our programs are offered for a wide range of ages intended to expose participants to the wonders of the natural world around us. Special accommodations are available for all programs with adequate notification.

Upcoming events

    • 07/05/2016
    • 07/08/2016
    • 3 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 1

    Entering Grades 7-9

    Tuesday, July 5 – Wednesday, July 6, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 7, 4:00 p.m. overnight through Friday, July 8, 9:00 a.m.

    Come see the parks like never before as we explore the far reaches of our parks. Be prepared to travel by land and water as we set off on our adventures. We will end our week with a camp out at Flag Ponds Park. Food for the overnight and camping fees are included.

    Note: There is no camp before 4:00 p.m. Thursday or after 9:00 a.m. Friday

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location:
    Tuesday: Ward Farm Nature Park
    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park
    Thursday-Friday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper: Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $200

    • 07/05/2016
    • 07/08/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    For children entering Grades 1-2

    Tuesday, July 5 - Friday, July 8, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 

    Send your children outside to explore nature with us. They will have a blast playing games, catching animals, and having close encounters with the nature center's live animals.  Each day will feature a different group of animals: reptiles & amphibians on Tuesday, bugs on Wednesday, birds on Thursday, and fish on Friday.

    Camp Letters & Information

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Tues)

    Kings Landing Park  (Wed)

    Flag Ponds Nature Park (Thurs, & Fri)

    • 07/05/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0

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    Ages 10-14, Adult participation not required

    Come to Kings Landing Park to practice your archery skills!  Never shot a bow and arrow?  No problem, we'll have a short lesson for beginners before we start. Bring a refillable water bottle.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    • 07/07/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 19

    Children must be at least 6 years old; under 16 years with an adult

    Join our latest Calvert Stewards volunteer activity. We’ll work on adding borders to the meadow maze, removing saplings, and other projects needed within the meadow maze.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Register online, by phone 410-535-5327, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Free

     

    • 07/09/2016
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 4

    For adults, ages 21 and up.

    Enjoy a frog serenade, a peaceful paddle, and sunset over the river.

    Special registration information: Participants may bring their own paddles and life vests. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool.

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline is Monday, July 4

    Fee is per person. $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers. Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    NO MORE SINGLE KAYAKS LEFT.

    • 07/11/2016
    • 07/15/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 0

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    Children entering grades 6-8

    Monday-Wednesday, July 11-13, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 14, 7:30 a.m. overnight trip to Western MD
    Friday, July 15, 6:00 p.m.


    This week we will explore all things aquatic while learning the basics of getting around on the water using a variety of watercraft like canoes, kayaks, and river rafts. We’ll explore different aquatic habitats as we retrace the path that water takes from the mountains to the Bay – in reverse. The last 2 days will be an overnight adventure to western Maryland - including tubing on Antietam Creek and rafting on the Shenandoah River. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!


    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $250
    Nonmembers: $280

    Registration fee includes camping, tubing and rafting fees, and food for Thursday snacks, dinner and campfire, and Friday breakfast, lunch and snacks.

    Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday – Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday – Kings Landing Park

    Thursday meets at Kings Landing Park for overnight trip
    Friday pick up at Kings Landing park


    Waivers will be posted shortly:

    Please fill out waivers and return both before the first day of camp. A separate form is needed for each camper for each day.

        

     

       

     

    • 07/11/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Bring your favorite teddy bear as we learn about bears. 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 07/11/2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Bring your favorite teddy bear as we learn about bears. 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 07/16/2016
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 2

    Kayak along the Patuxent river as we look for bald eagles soaring above and possibly nesting ashore.

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    LocationKings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register by July 13

    Fee is per person.
    $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers   

    Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    • 07/18/2016
    • 07/22/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4
    For girls entering grades 2-4

    Monday-Friday, July 18-22, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Each day will bring a new adventure, wading in wetlands and exploring the forest to learn about the natural world. We’ll also do fun crafts, build survival forts and cook over a fire. The week ends with a challenge to the Sons of the Forest to show off the skills learned in camp.

    Camp Letters & Information

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper:  

    Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $
    180


     


    • 07/18/2016
    • 07/22/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 0

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    For boys entering grades 2-4

    Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    We will leave no stone unturned as we learn about the natural world around us sloshing in the swamp and hiking through the forest We’ll also do fun crafts, build survival forts and cook over a fire. The week ends with a challenge to the Nature Girls to show off the skills learned in camp.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Fee per camper:

    Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/23/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk
    • 2

    Ages 7 and up, adults required

    The Warm Farm Recreation and Nature Park is not open to the public yet, so come take advantage of this special day to discover the natural wonders of the park. Learn a little about the history and natural history of the park as we hike thru meadow, forest, and creek.

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327. 

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 21

     

    • 07/25/2016
    • 07/29/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 6

    For children going into grades 9-12

    Monday, July 25, Tuesday, July 26, Wednesday, July 27 - 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Thursday, July 28, 9:00 a.m. overnight through Friday, July 29, 9:00 a.m. (no camp after 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 29)

    Each day of this camp will bring campers up-close and personal with the Patuxent River and the creeks that surround Calvert County. Campers will learn paddling fundamentals: safety, strokes, and rescues - as well as learning firsthand about water quality and the natural history of the river. We’ll end the week with a day-long paddle adventure and an overnight camp out.

    Dinner Thursday, breakfast Friday, all kayak equipment, and tents are provided.

    Naturalists in Charge: Tania Gale & Lindsay Hollister  

    Fee per camper:

    Society members: $210 per camper
    Nonmembers: $240 per camper


    Tentative Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday– meets at Kings Landing Park for transport to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
    Wednesday – Jefferson Patterson Park (in front of MAC lab)
    Thursday - meets at Kings Landing Park
    Friday – pick up at Kings Landing Park


    Schedule may be changed due to the weather

     

     

    • 07/25/2016
    • 07/29/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 0

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    For children entering Grades 4-6

    Monday, July 25 - Friday, July 29, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Photo Presentation for Families: Friday, July 29, 3:00 p.m.

    Your children will capture the natural wonders of Calvert County Parks on camera. In addition to fun camp activities, they will learn camera basics and picture-taking tips. After camp on Friday, families are invited to a presentation highlighting campers’ work. Campers must provide their own digital camera.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park (Mon, Thurs, & Fri)
    Kings Landing Park  (Tues)
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Wed)

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/26/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0

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    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Teach your children the terrific world of turtles. From their little nose to their tail, these reptile are one of a kind.  

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

    • 07/26/2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0

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    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Teach your children the terrific world of turtles. From their little nose to their tail, these reptile are one of a kind.  

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 08/01/2016
    • 08/04/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • varies, see description
    • 7

    For children entering grades 1-2

    Monday, August 1 -Thursday, August 4, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    You don’t need to go on safari to see wildlife – there’s a ton of wildlife to be seen here in Calvert County, if you know here to look. During this camp, we will take the time to look closely for life under logs, stones, even in the mud! Using tools like nets, buckets, and shovels, we’ll search high and low, on land and in the water for bugs, worms, fish and whatever else we can find. In addition to our outdoor explorations, games and journals will help us learn.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Location:
    Monday and Tuesday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Wednesday and Thursday – Flag Ponds Nature Parkabout Calvert County’s wild things.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150 per camper
      Nonmembers: $180 per camper
      
     
    • 08/01/2016
    • 08/05/2016
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 6

    Entering Grades 8-10

    Monday, August 1- Thursday August 4; 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Friday, August 5 7:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.


    The Maryland Biodiversity Project was created to help catalog all of the living things in Maryland. As citizen scientists we will search different habitats to document what plants and animals we find. Be prepared to venture through creeks, look under logs and hike through forests as we go on our safari. We will even visit some parks outside of Calvert County.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location:
      Monday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
      Tuesday: Flag Ponds Nature Park
      Wednesday-Friday: Kings Landing Park

    *Thursday and Friday we will be traveling to other parks but pick up and drop off will be at Kings Landing Park
       

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
      Nonmembers: $180

    • 08/05/2016
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    All ages, with adult participation

    What is your favorite animal? There are so many - it’s hard to choose just one. Come learn about some of our Calvert County animals through stories, games, and songs. We will end our time together with s’mores!

    Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and flashlights

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) before Wednesday, August 3

    • 08/06/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 16

    For Ages 9 years to adult

    What will the summer marsh hold for us? We will paddle in search of summer wild flowers and maybe try out a seine net to see what we can find living in the river.

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register by August 3

    Fee is per person.
    $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers   

    Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

     

    • 08/09/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 1

    Ages 10-14, Adult participation not required

    Come to Kings Landing Park to practice your archery skills!  Never shot a bow and arrow?  No problem, we'll have a short lesson for beginners before we start. Bring a refillable water bottle.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free for members
    $8 per person for nonmembers

    • 08/17/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk MD
    • 0

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    For ages 3-5

    Learn about spider’s creature features, then we will look for them in the forest and meadow. Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327. 

    Registration Deadline: Monday, August 15

    Program Fee:
    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 08/17/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk MD
    • 0

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    For ages 3-5

    Learn about spider’s creature features, then we will look for them in the forest and meadow. Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327. 

    Registration Deadline: Monday, August 15

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 08/20/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3-5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Jiggly, squishy, slimy jellyfish! We will read a story about jellyfish, walk to the beach to meet jellyfish, and make a craft.

    Special registration information: Wear clothes and shoes that can get sandy.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Program Fee per family:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 17

    • 08/20/2016
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lubsy
    • 0

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    For families

    Some animals prefer to be active at night. These nocturnal animals can include owls, frogs, foxes and raccoons. Come see who is around after dark at Flag Ponds as we hike through the swamp and the beach.   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per family.
    Free for Society members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline is Monday, August 15

     

    • 08/26/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 0

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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required


    Butterflies, beetles, and spiders are just a few residents of the Goldenrod Jungle. We will explore the different creatures that live, hunt, and hide there. 


    Special Registration information: Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 23

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 08/26/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 0

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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required


    Butterflies, beetles, and spiders are just a few residents of the Goldenrod Jungle. We will explore the different creatures that live, hunt, and hide there. 


    Special Registration information: Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 23

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 08/27/2016
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 1
    For Ages 6 to 9
    Adult participation is required

    Your children will have fun helping the naturalist catch and collect ladybugs for Cornell's Lost Ladybug Project.  Learn how you can particpiate in this citizen science project in your own backyard.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Reservations are required by Thursday, August 25. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

Calvert Nature Society is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community. We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.  The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

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Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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